LITESPORT 42 Monday, 21 September 2009 London Lite WELL SURVIVEButcoach Ancelottis hopingits justcramp by neal collins ItsRoyoftheNon-Roversas Fulhamfailontheroadagain ROY HODGSON is hoping Wednesdays Carling Cup trip to Manchester City will cure Fulhams travel sickness. Yesterdays 2-1 defeat at Wolves is Hodgons 12th trip to the midlands without victory. Hodgson said: Blatant errors cost us the game at Wolves. Hangeland made an error for the first goal and Dempsey was at fault for the second. We really need to start eliminating those kind of mistakes and that starts with our next game. Apart from victory on the opening day at Portsmouth, Fulham have been far from certain away from Craven Cottage and Danny Murphys second half penalty was the only bright spot for Hodgson, who refuses to blame his clubs Europa League schedule for their slump. He said: None of this team played in Europe apart from John Pantsil. Inbrief Swiss sackcloth and blushes... lSWISS club Bochum have apologised after news of coach Marcel Kollers sacking was announced on their website yesterday before it had been confirmed at a board meeting. The coach was dismissed last night but, four hours before the meeting took place, a press release was posted on the clubs website announcing his departure. This is embarrassing, a club spokesman told Bild. Returning Ruud is injured again lRUUD VAN NISTELROOYS return to action looks to have been halted after the striker picked up a new injury in his Real Madrid comeback. Coming off the bench in yesterdays 5-0 win over Xerez, Van Nistelrooy scored his first goal since last October on his return from a serious knee injury but picked up to a knock to his thigh in the process. The 33-year-old said: I got hurt while scoring. I will have an MRI and hope its not anything serious. Young guns in the firing line lARSENE WENGER will give his Arsenal youngsters and fringe players an outing in tomorrows Carling Cup clash against West Brom tomorrow. Centre-half Philippe Senderos is expected to start at the back with Mikael Silvestre. Sanchez Watt, 18, on the bench for the Champions League game at Standard Liege, could start, while Kieran Gibbs, Fran Merida, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere may also feature. Usual suspect Diouf in trouble lMERSEYSIDE Police will continue their investigations today into allegations that Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf made a racist remark to a ball-boy at yesterdays match at Everton. Police sources suggest that over the next 48 hours the Goodison Park ball-boy who has made the allegation will also be questioned. Diouf was interviewed by police in a private room at Goodison Park an hour after yesterdays match. WEST HAMS James Tomkins insists there is no need to panic despite the club making their worst league start in seven years. Tomkins was given the run- around by a rampant Fernando Torres on Saturday as Liverpool recorded a 3-2 win at Upton Park. Gianfranco Zolas side showed impressive resolve to come from behind on two occasions, but ultimately they have now taken just four points from their opening five games. The last time they started so poorly they were relegated with a team that contained the likes of Joe Cole, Freddie Kanoute and David James, but Tomkins is confident the class of 2009 wont follow suit. We played a lot better today than last week, he said. If we play like that, I dont think we will have any trouble climbing up the table. We need to show that form week in, week out and learn from this quickly and improve. The contribution of 20-year- old Zavon Hines against Liverpool was a source of encouragement, and former Hammer Glenn Johnson was impressed by the youngsters energectic display. I didnt know Zavon while I was here, but he has a bit of pace and looks like a decent player. Thankfully, we did the job and won the game and that was the most important thing. by harry lane by james goldman Tomkins: noneedto presspanic buttonyet Thrown to the Wolves: David Edwards scores the winner yesterday COACH Carlo Ancelotti insists his per- fect Chelsea will be able to play well without Didier Drogba if yesterdays calf injury forcestheIvoryCoaststriker into the treatment room. Drogba was carried off in pain seven minutes from the end of Chelseas 3-0 romp over Spurs, a result which leaves them top of the Premier League with an immaculate six wins out of six. The in-form Drogba, thriving under Ancelottis firm hand, made one and scored one before he went down writh- ing in agony. Ancelotti said of his five- goal top-scorer: We dont know precisely what happened. It is too early. We hope it is only cramp. We will have to wait a few days to see. We hope tomorrow we will have a precise diagnosis of the situation. It is a calf injury but he felt that he had cramp. If it is cramp, it is good for us. WehaveplayedwithoutDidierbefore. He is a very important player for us, a fantastic player. I think we can play well without Didier. InthelastgameagainstPortowewon without Didier and we have Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou, Daniel Stur- ridge and Fabio Borini. Borini is a young player and we are pleased he came on for his first game in thePremierLeague.Wehaveaverygood academy and we want to take a young player into the first team. YesterdayswinwasChelseaseleventh on the trot, equalling the record set under Jose Mourinho. Ancelotti said: We do not think about records, only winning the next game. All the players did a very good job. The match was easy in the second half. If you dont do a good job on the pitch against Tottenham you cannot win 3-0. We need to maintain the mental atti- tudeandwinournextgameagainstQPR in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Ancelotti would not be drawn on Rob- bie Keanes penalty appeal which was rejected by referee Howard Webb, say- Last week Nicolas Anelka said Chelsea cant thrive without the banned Drogba, as reported in last Wednesdays LiteSport, left, but boss Carlo Ancelotti insists they can after yesterdays injury, above Nics lost without Drog H Germany kept on tenterhooks lGERMANY goalkeeper Robert Enke has been ruled out of their remaining 2010 World Cup qualifiers due to a stomach infection. He had been picked to play in the last three matches but pulled out of the Azerbaijan game 12 days ago due to illness. Germany are top of Group Four, a point ahead of Russia whom they play in Moscow on 10 October. 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